My last post might have seemed pessimistic but it was not, not really. Perhaps from a purely worldly point of view it was pessimistic but the worldly point of view is very limited and, ultimately, irrelevant. The only important things are the spiritual lessons that can be learned from the current crisis, and there are plenty of positive things we can take from it if we look at it in the right way.
To begin with, the end of it all for anyone who remains faithful to God is heaven. You can't get more positive than that. But that's the long term. However, even in the short term we can find occasion for optimism. When you understand the world process to have a beginning, middle and end then you see that what is happening now is what must happen at the end. It is necessary and inevitable. If you believe the line of history to be progressing ever onwards into always better times, you misunderstand the process. There are ages that arise and fall as part of an ongoing greater cycle. We are now in a terminal phase of a particular cycle but that is all part of the evolutionary scheme of things. At this time in the decadent phase the waters of history are being stirred up and all the detritus rises to the surface where it may be skimmed off. This may seem rather a laboured analogy but see the process at work. The depths, hitherto to some degree suppressed and kept down, have been awakened and are coming into full manifestation. This is true of the planet as a whole, of humanity considered as a group and for each individual. It applies to our civilisation and to you and me. Everywhere the same activity is at work as part of a great cleansing operation.
We cannot be tested for our ability to hold the light save in times of darkness. The very testing enables the light to be kindled in people who have to seek it inwardly when outer circumstances become so dark. The outer darkness actually brings out, or has the potential to bring out, inner light. We call on God and turn to him when he is no longer perceived to be there operating in the world. So the spiritual darkness has a twofold purpose. Those who are dark accept or even welcome it. They get what they want. Those who are open to the light are driven to seek it, and they are not left comfortless. All sincere seekers will be directed to guidance.
It is no longer fashionable to think that people are good or bad. We are all a mixture of the two, it is said. And this is perfectly true. But at the same time, we also all have a leaning towards God or away from him. Present times are stimulating this tendency within our souls and there is coming a point at which we may well be able to say that a person is good or bad in that if you are not for God, you are against him. This is a hard saying that will not be welcome everywhere in our relativistic world but that is immaterial. Truth is not dependent on fashion. It is not democratic and does not care for your feelings. The truth of the present time is that God is calling all those who wish to be with him. We respond to his voice or not as the case may be. There are plenty of excuses we can make to ignore it but these are just so many self-justifications. It is the heart that is being examined.